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The National Poison Control Hotline
and How to Use It

Everyone should know the phone number to reach their Poison Center. The Poison Help number is 1-800-222-1222. This is a free call.


  • The Poison Center has experts who will help if you have any questions about poisons. All you have to do is call.
  • Write down the number: 1-800-222-1222
  • Put it near the telephone or on the refrigerator
  • Save it to your cell phone
  • Put it where you can see it quickly
  • The Poison Center is always open. The people who answer the phone know all about poison. They are medical professionals.
  • They can find help for people in almost any language. If you don't speak English well, tell them your language.
  • If you think someone has taken a poison and is sick, it may be an emergency. Call 9-1-1 if someone:
    • Won't wake up
    • Is having trouble breathing or is not breathing
    • Is having a seizure
  • Call 1-800-222-1222 if:
    • There may be a poison problem, but the person seems okay
    • You have questions about poisons
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